Alia’s Inspiring Fun Class!

Live and Online

Alia’s Inspiring FUN classes are eclectic–something different every time. Most weeks, we do some Follow-me improvisation, Alia’s somatic grounding techniques, a short combination, genre, prop, or musicality study, and a free improv section for relaxation and joy.  

Alia’s fun belly dance classes increase improv confidence, build trust in the body, and regulate the nervous system.   I am passionate about this. Belly dance is already a stellar venue for relaxation and resolution. On top of this I have built in many Somatic Experiencing® (SE) strategies to highlight this feature. Dancers feel relaxed, energized, and happy. So will you!  

Deep Dives!

We take you on Deep Dives, 5-week sessions that focus on improvising to specific elements of Oriental dance. Previous Dives have included Taqsim, Classic Song, Drum Solo, and Open Heart. See our current Deep Dive below!

Our Format draws from Ibrahim Farrah’s original class format, infused with Somatic Experiencing™ and Dancemeditation™, all of which have taught me so much about dance and improv.

  • Something different every time
  • Suitable for all levels, all styles
  • Live online and recorded options

How does this work?

Each week, we stream the class live via Every one is welcome to join the live class. It is so pleasant to be together with other folks who all want to enjoy themselves with dance! After the class, usually within 48 hours, the new class is posted for streaming. The class stays up for a week, when it is replaced with the next class. Zoom is free and easy to use. The sound and video quality are good, and there is virtually no lag in the livestream. We send reminder emails with the link shortly before each class begins.

Fun, energizing, grounding, and conceptually stimulating.
Simple on the outside, complex on the inside.

No notes, no muss, no fuss–just a fun dance class to build skills and enjoy dancing.

The most nurturing and freeing class….and so wonderful to glean movement ideas and feels from you…so creative

I went from “OMG, I’m so free, “kitchen dancing” in front of other people!” in the first class, to feeling in charge of myself and my expression, while experiencing the same freedom. You have such a talent for bringing out who we are by creating a safe space where there are no mistakes. It’s the simplest thing, and yet the most powerful.

Live Online Fun Classes

Because the myriad pandemics affect so many of us, we are pleased to offer our regular fee, PLUS a special Pay What You Like option and a Sliding Scale payment plan, for anyone financially impacted by disaster, exchange rates, injustice, etc.

Conversational Belly Dance. Alia's Inspiring FUN Class
Our next FUN Class Deep Dive!

Conversational Belly Dance

Engage the music with comfort and confidence!

Engage the music with confidence! For many of us, our ability to improvise (to have off-the-cuff conversations with the music), is hampered because we can’t remember our dance vocabulary, and our minds are yelling at us the whole time as our palms get sweaty and we wish the ground would just open up and swallow us. Simply drilling words in rote sentences is not the answer—ou est la plume de ma tante, anyone?

To really speak a language, we must engage in conversation! In this FUN Class, we look at individual dance moves as words we compose into improvisational sentences, so we don't have to think--the moves are will just come out when we need them.

What we’ll do each week

* Introduce one or two new moves (aka weekly words), which we will then combine and recombine into short combinations with other basic moves

* Facilitate daily practice to develop this method of re-encountering moves in conjunction with other moves

* Offer accountability for this daily practice

* Provide playlists of suitable practice music

Learn more here

Conversational Belly Dance runs Tuesdays at 4pm EST for five weeks, from April 25 to May 23, 2023 .See this in your time zone (add to calendar button in link). Each class is recorded (instructor view only). Each recording is available during the run of the class.

Pay in Full $70
Pay Weekly $14.50/week for 5 weeks
Sliding Scale $10.00/week for 5 weeks
Pay What You Will.
Open to All.

BIPOC, LGBTQ+, MENAHT and any marginalized groups are invited use this option